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Nuclear update: US output tops 80% as more generation returns

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability was above the 80% level early April 6 at 80.03%, up from 79.10% on April 5 but still below the 87.80% posted on the same day last year.

Helping to increase total production was the return of two reactors. Exelon Corp.'s Nine Mile Point 1 in New York was at 35% early April 6 after being taken offline March 20 for planned seasonal work. In addition, the H.B. Robinson 2 unit in South Carolina, which is owned by Duke Energy Corp., was warming up at 1% early April 6. The reactor entered a refueling outage Feb. 26.

Also supporting total production, Southern Co.'s Vogtle 1 in Georgia was pegged at 81% early April 6, up from 47% the day prior. FirstEnergy Corp.'s Perry 1 in Ohio returned to full power early April 6, increasing from 74% on April 5. Xcel Energy Inc.'s Prairie Island 1 in Minnesota saw production rise from 40% on April 5 to 95% early April 6.

On the other hand, output at Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry 1 in Alabama was curtailed from full power on April 5 to 85% early April 6.

For details of U.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our Nuclear Availability and Status and Outage pages.